Want to Be More Productive? Have More Fun!

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Editor’s note: Updated in June 2018 for clarity and additional resources.

Today I want to share a lesson from my book Miracles Now about how to be more productive.

These tools I share in this lesson are ones I come back to again and again, especially when I’m super busy.

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves. We can get so fixated on work deadlines, errands, bills and household chores that happiness becomes a distant afterthought.

We blast through our to-do lists thinking that we can relax and feel good once we’ve crossed off the last item. We put a ton of pressure on ourselves to do everything “serious” before we can even think about having fun!

But the truth is that there will always be another to-do. When we focus only on what we have to do, we sap our energy and end up feeling like crap.

Tweet: Whenever you feel like the pressure is on & you have a ton of things to do, tap into your childlike self. @gabbybernstein #miraclesnow

It may seem counterintuitive, but one powerful way to feel more productive and satisfied is to step away from your responsibilities from time to time.

Whenever you feel like the pressure is on and you have a ton of things to do, tap into your childlike self. Children have an enormous capacity for curiosity, creativity and openness.

When you practice these tools you’ll feel anxiety subside, you’ll rev up your creativity and you’ll feel mentally and physically refreshed.

Let go of the pressure you’ve put on yourself with these three tips!

Be more curious

An incredible way to get out of your head is to get curious about something new. Like a kid, spend time throughout your day being curious about new things. Read a magazine you’d never typically pick up, ask more questions and try a new kind of food. Curiosity will take you out of whatever it was you were obsessing over and lead you into a state of simple innocence.

Be more present

Becoming more present in every moment will help you release the pressure you put on yourself. Kids have an awesome ability to fully experience each moment. Taste your food with more wonder, notice the colors of the sky, laugh hard!

Daydream

Rather than occupy your mind with chaotic thoughts, take a dream break. Sit on a park bench, in your backyard or in your favorite spot inside and get comfortable. Spend five to 10 minutes thinking your way into a cool experience you’d always hoped to have. This process will not only get you out of your own way, but it will also open the floodgates to manifesting that reality!

Let the creativity flow

Practice any of these tools and you’ll feel the pressure lift and creativity flow.

When you let your freewheeling inner kid come forth, you can go back to your grown-up responsibilities with a fresh perspective and renewed energy.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Preach! ✨

    Gabby, I couldn’t agree more!!! Lists and chores can also become a way of putting off your dreams. How many times have I cleaned the bathroom or dusted lately before I was ready to work on my blog? And by the time I got through that big-ass list, all I wanted was a nap!

    Lots of love ✨

    Melissa

  2. Thanks Gabby for your insight! I have found these same survival tactics in my life! I had an amazing career as a ballet dancer for 30 years and now have had to re-work a regular job to pay the bills! It’s been quite a challenge but I continue to keep my goal to write my screenplay ” Salmon Runs “, – and keep surfing!
    Thanks for your inspiration!

    Bernie

  3. It’s so much fun to be like a child again! I love to daydream about this happy place I’ve created in my mind — it has a waterfall, a natural swimming pool, flowers, and the ocean… the whole picture! I go there when I feel super stressed and need a break. Real sunshine always helps, too. 🙂

    Thanks Gabby, as always! xo

  4. This is exactly what I’ve been needing a reminder of! I’ve been caught up in a lot of “To-Do’s” lately and have been trying to find a way to reconnect with just letting myself “Be”. Those 3 tips will definitely be helpful!! Thanks so much Gabby <3

  5. Thank you Gabby. I really connected with this today, and obviously I needed it. I’ve been getting the message lately to just relax and play some more but it seems like I’m being a slacker or I feel if I do that, I’ll miss an opportunity, because I should have been working. Or sometimes I’m led to just daydream and I give myself a hard time about it. So thank you for this post. I think I need to ease up

  6. ToDo Lists… Just my buy food list.
    there is no creativity in a todo list. So your happy and joyful tips are much better to be productive and creative in a super “feels easy” way.
    Thank you Gabby.

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